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    The 'Mistress' - 74' Corona Mark II

    I was bored a few weeks ago so I decided to go look around a few junkyards and see what parts I could find for the s13 I was building. The last one I went to, I found this beautiful piece of history. It took about an hour for me to decide to put the 13 on hold, sell my 14 and buy this.























    2 days and 200000 (about $2400) later, she was mine.

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    The guy at the junkyard helped us get it started when we first looked over it. It was running a little rough and had a pretty loud knock, they thought the engine was no good.

    I had it towed to the hobby shop on base the day after I bought it.

    First thing was getting the passenger door open. The spring on the outer handle was rusted to the handle keeping it from moving. A couple minutes in the parts washer and hitting it with a wire brush and some white lithium grease worked amazing. Also cleaned and greased the latch assembly. I can open and close the door with one finger now. still gotta do the driver side.

    tightened the alternator belt... didn't do much good, the belt is stretched so it still screams a bit.
    Cleaned the trunk out so i could get a look at the inside of the floor board. Still had the spare tire, tire cover, rubber carpet, and the board to cover the fuel tank.
    Pulled everything out and went swimming. The spare tire spot was almost completely full of water.





    And so far, the trunk lid seems to have the worst case of cancer.







    That's pretty much it for today...

    oh... forgot the extra horse power






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    Some upskirt action



    interestingly made, newish exhaust.






    blurry, but half the boots/bushings up front look to have been replaced not too long ago.


    found another tumor.


    I've decided i'll just do what i can here, and keep it more original for now. when i get back to the states it'll follow the cadillac and be spun on a rotisserie and get all new fun stuff. It'll be easier and i won't have to worry about being down a car .

    still need to dig into the engine and get it running good enough to go through the line, then we'll be cruisin'
    :lol:

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    it's getting closer to jci time :bangbangbang:
    did an oil change, cleaned the plugs. The cap, rotor and wires seem brand new, no corrosion on the points in the cap or nothin, everything was just dusty.
    waiting for belts and new plugs, computer didn't show anything for the car, guess i'll have to order a couple of everything so i don't have to wait later.

    got the optima put in :green:


    took a cool picture with the air cleaner off :evil:


    i'll have to fix three of the headlight rings before i can jci it. the tabs all broke off. should have them fixed by morning.


    also found one of the most interesting throttle linkage setups i've ever seen
    driver side near the hood hinge


    to the passenger side behind the carb


    to the carb, then a cable for the kick down


    i'm thinkin about running a cable the whole way, but that'll be later if i decide to.

    and... obviously it ran before, but after the oil change, it ran so much smoother, i had to take a video of it. no knocking, and the belts were even quiet for the whole clip, lol. it ran out of gas near the end, that's why it died

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnMyDQ5j6lM[/url]

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    Wednesday's Inspection results....

    FAIL

    1. front wheels stick out past flares. (fixed)

    2. JWL stamp not on wheels. (fixed)

    3. Outer brake lights needed to run flares. (fixed)

    4. Left rear doesn't lock using e-brake... (pending)



    I'll be going back monday to finish the inspection. We got the rear brakes adjusted yesterday. I've never seen an adjustment like this has, I've only ever seen the little cylinder with the gear that you spin, this has some arm coming off the front shoe, to another arm and so on. Very interesting.

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    Alright, I'm done with the copy/paste

    The plans for now are to get it on the road. First thing is to start on the rust. You can see in the pics, it's not terrible, but it's far from good. Luckily, a friend of mine has a media blaster big enough to hold some of the smaller panels. I'll blast the trunk, all the panels around the grille, the front valence, the piece around the tail lights, and anything else I can fit it there. He will also be helping me with welding some patches on the trunk lid.

    Another friend of mine found an 18rg with a manual transmission for a really good price, I'll be getting that as soon as I get some body work done.

    right now, I have limited tools and cash to give this thing a full make over, so everything I do here will just be baby steps for when I get back to the states. I plan to get it up on a rotisserie and blast the whole thing and start all over. While i'm here, i'm thinking I may just shoot primer on it, unless I get some paint for a decent price. I don't want to give it a nice paint job just to be stripped down in a few years.

    Well, that's it for now. Let me know what you think, and if anyone has some info where I can order parts from (brakes,belts, plugs, mainly preventative maintenance stuff and anything that needs to be special ordered) without a big hassle, that would be awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c72c
    also found one of the most interesting throttle linkage setups i've ever seen
    Yeah, the RHD 510s have the same weird set-up... :P

    So where will you be when you move back to the states?

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    Quote Originally Posted by datsunfreak

    Yeah, the RHD 510s have the same weird set-up... :P

    So where will you be when you move back to the states?

    I still have a while before i get orders, so i don't know yet, but home is AZ. Eventually i'll have to go back there to get the rest of my cars :lol:

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    Welcome, I am glad that you made it here. It looks like you have a good project going there. I have one that I am working on myself. I am also almost done parting a Corona Mark II L. Its nice to see another service member over here with an interest in these things. Let me know if you need anything, I know that I am in Tokyo but I may be able to help you locate parts if you can't find them down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theunstated
    Welcome, I am glad that you made it here. It looks like you have a good project going there. I have one that I am working on myself. I am also almost done parting a Corona Mark II L. Its nice to see another service member over here with an interest in these things. Let me know if you need anything, I know that I am in Tokyo but I may be able to help you locate parts if you can't find them down there.
    Thanks.
    Yea, i was reading your thread and sent you a pm. I like the temporary color you got goin on :tu: :lol: . There's not much for parts down here for anything older than 80's. It's even hard finding parts for hachis here. But, if you'd like to help out, i'd appreciate it very much.
    I know a few things i need right now is the crash pad for the dash. If i can get at least the base of one to work from, i could reupholster it. And I need the little plastic trim around the door lock lever and door handle on the inside of the driver door. And I also need one piece of stainless trim, you can see in the pics of the front end, just under the emblem on the grille, i'm missing a piece about 8" long.
    now that i think of it, there's a lot more than just a few...
    :?

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